Note: The waiting list is open for this tour, contact us at 800-811-7244 or email today to add your name to the list.

February 15-March 3, 2024 (18 days)

Capacity: 18

The Trip

I invite you to join Fred Hagstrom, Rae Schupack Nathan Professor of Art, Emeritus, on this very special exploration of New Zealand. Travel during the austral summer, with average daytime temperatures in the 70s and 80s Fahrenheit. With Professor Hagstrom we will delve into history, culture, and art as we explore the natural landscapes of both North and South Islands.
Professor Hagstrom was instrumental in custom-designing this itinerary based on his longstanding interest in New Zealand, which he first visited in 1995. He then brought groups of 25 Carleton students to New Zealand, Australia, and the Cook Islands every other year from 1996 to 2019. They studied art, printmaking, the natural and cultural environment, the legacy of colonialism, South Pacific history, and the art and culture of indigenous people.
On this comprehensive, 16-night alumni tour we will see spectacular landscapes of fiords, volcanoes, lakes, and an illuminated glowworm grotto. Enjoy boat rides, flights, and hikes of varying lengths along trails within some of the country’s outstanding parks. Meet and learn about the indigenous Māori. Savor gourmet food and tastings of New Zealand’s celebrated wines. For anyone who has an interest in drawing, Professor Hagstrom could plan for some instruction, time-permitting.
This program is limited to a maximum of 18 participants plus Professor Hagstrom, who is assisted by an expert tour manager and local guides.
The waiting list is open for this tour, I encourage you to contact the Alumni Adventures office at (800) 811-7244 or to add your name to the list.

Carleton Leader

Fred Hagstrom retired as the Rae Schupack Nathan Professor of Art in 2022, after teaching studio art at Carleton since 1984. His work is in printmaking, drawing, and book arts. From 1996 to 2019 Fred led a bi-annual, off-campus trip to the Cook Islands, New Zealand, and Australia. The trip allowed more than 300 total students to go to the South Pacific, studying drawing, printmaking, and the history and nature of these three countries. The trip included a focus on the history and cultures of indigenous people in each location. This will be Fred’s first trip with alumni, but it will build on his previous experience in leading trips to this beautiful part of the world. Much of his artwork is based on historical events and social issues, such as the incarceration of people of Japanese descent during the Second World War, and the effects of radiation tests on Pacific Islanders. Fred spends a good deal of time hiking and enjoying the outdoors. This New Zealand trip is a chance to share his interests in art and nature with Carleton alumni.

Tour Prices (16 nights)

Per person, double occupancy

18 participants $9,995
16-17 participants $10,395
14-15 participants $10,695
Single Supplement $1,695
Single room supplement will be charged when requested or required (limited availability).
With fewer than 14 participants, a small group surcharge may be added.


Wednesday & Thursday, February 14 & 15, 2024: Depart home

Friday, February 16: Arrive Auckland, New Zealand

Saturday, February 17: Auckland: City tour, Auckland Art Gallery | Waitakere Ranges: Arataki Visitors Centre, Bethels beach | Auckland | Welcome dinner

Sunday, February 18: Ferry to Waiheke Island | Food & wine tour | Ferry to Auckland

Monday, February 19: Waitomo Caves | Rotorua

Tuesday, February 20: Rotorua: Nature walk along Waimangu Volcanic Valley Crater walkways | Boat ride on Lake Rotomahana | Hike across Te Ariki Isthmus | Boat ride on Lake Tarawera | Rotorua | Te Puia | Rotorua

Wednesday, February 21: Ruatapu Cave | Orakei Korako | Huka Falls | Taupo | Tongariro National Park

Thursday, February 22: Tongariro National Park: Day at leisure OR optional excursion

Friday, February 23: Waiouru: Queen Elizabeth II Army Memorial Museum | Wellington

Saturday, February 24: Wellington: AM Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, PM at leisure

Sunday, February 25: Ferry to Picton | Wine tasting | Nelson: PM at leisure

Monday, February 26: Abel Tasman National Park | Nelson

Tuesday, February 27: Fly to Queenstown | PM at leisure

Wednesday, February 28: Queenstown: At leisure OR choose from optional excursions

Thursday, February 29: Milford Sound day trip: Te Anau, Kingston, Mossburn, Milford Sound cruise | Scenic flight to Queenstown

Friday, March 1: Arrowtown | Cromwell | Wanaka

Saturday, March 2: Wanaka: At leisure OR choose from optional excursions | Farewell dinner

Sunday, March 3: Fly home

Download the brochure for the complete detailed itinerary.

Additional Information

For more information or to reserve your space, please call 800-811-7244 or email Carleton College Alumni Adventures. To make a reservation online click here.